3 things that shocked me about Tyson Fury's dominate win over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany
3 things that shocked me about Tyson Fury's dominate win over Wladimir Klitschko
By: Joseph Correa
Undefeated and newly crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is now "the guy" in the heavyweight division capturing 3 of the 4 major titles after defeating former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) in a dominant 12 round unanimous decision. The scores read 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 in a fight that saw Fury completely befuddle the more experienced and disciplined Klitschko.
Tyson Fury deserves a ton of credit for executing his game plan using his strengths namely movement, reach, awkward timing and speed all of which Klitschko never quite figured out. From the outside looking in I saw a fighter in Klitschko that was very reluctant to engage and let his hands go for fear of being caught. I also saw a fighter that did not have the ability to adjust and/or possess the ability to fight from an unfamiliar territory, that being down on the cards in this case.
Klitschko, known for his stiff jab and sledgehammer like right hand was out-jabbed and was beaten on angles, footwork and clever head movement by Fury. It wasn't until the 11th round that Klitschko landed any meaningful punches and by that time his young, hungry challenger was much too high spirited to allow himself to be bested landing big shots in return.
3 things that shocked me in this fight:
1. Tyson Fury's ability to move and score at will.
Fury was brilliant with his head and feet creating an uncomfortable fighting environment for Klitschko all night. He used feints, used showmanship and ultimately used a fantastic up-jab to keep the more experienced Klitschko at bay and confused as to how to answer. Round after round Fury landed shots unanswered on many occasions and with each shot his confidence grew.
2. Klitschko with his experience did not show the ability to adjust.
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks and tonight we saw that in action. Klitschko had no answers for the younger, charismatic champion to be. Wladimir resorted to following Fury around the ring and when in close clinching and holding rather than working on the inside. He had several opening he could have exploited when in close and refused to pull the trigger. Klitschko seemed a bit gassed and unable to figure out a solution throughout most of the night and his corner was equally baffled.
3. Fury's awkward style would give many fits.
Fury possesses extraordinary speed and coordination for a man of his size and showed that although unorthodox, he can be very effective at taking away his opponents strengths. While not the most powerful puncher, he uses angles to leave his opponents off balance which helps him land incredible effectively against his foes.
Was this a dominating win a testament to the skill or Fury or a sign that Klitschko is at the end of his rope and experiencing slippage? A rematch is sure to be in order and should bring clarity to this question.
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